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Naval Staff Intelligence Division [The Admiralty] A Handbook of China Proper, three thick 8vo Vols.,1917-1919, London, H.M. Stationary Office. Vol. I 'General' [&] Vol. II 'Kiangsu' [&] Vol. III 'Kwangtung'; Vols. I & II lacking maps, Vol. III complete with eight folding maps in rear pouch; Vols. II & III with photographic plates (some folding), plans, diagrams, illustrations etc. [together with:] Handbook of Abyssinia Vol. I, June 1917, pp. 551, contemporary D.J. Jardine ownership inscription to front pastedown. Useful information on infrastructure, transport, language, government, recent history, geography, ethnography etc., compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division of the Admiralty for the use of commissioned British naval officers.
All in original blue cloth, a little bumped and rubbed, gilt titles and numbering, with flaps folding over fore edge of China Vols I and II and Abyssinia, secured by button clasp. Smethick Public Libraries labels to China pastedowns and their ink stamps to prelims and other pages, also versos of some plates etc. Only minor soiling and time staining (4).